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Scott girls cross country team wins Class 2A regional meet by one-point margin over Highlands

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Scott won the Class 2A Region 4 girls cross country team title for the second consecutive year on Saturday by a one-point margin over Highlands.

The Eagles, who won the Class AA state championship meet the last two years, scored 48 points in Saturday’s regional race at Mason County. Highlands placed second in the six-team field with 49 points.

St. Henry sophomore Dixon Ryan, right, and freshman teammate Lake Durrett were the first two finishers in the Class A boys regional meet. (Photo by Bob Jackson)

Highlands senior Maddie Schroeder crossed the finish line first in a time of 18:51 over the 3.1-mile course. The next two finishes were Scott teammates Maddie Strong (19:21) and Dyllan Haasler (19:41).

Scott’s other three scoring runners were Laney Coleman (13th), Juliana Ellington (14th) and Allison Clemons (16th).  The fifth scoring runner for Highlands placed 19th.

Lexington Catholic won the boys Class 2A regional meet with Highlands placing second.

Other girls cross country teams that won regional championship trophies on Saturday were Brossart in Class 1A and Ryle in Class 3A. The boys champions were St. Henry in Class 1A and Conner in Class 3A.

This is the third consecutive regional title for the Conner boys and the fourth straight for the Brossart girls, who placed second in last year’s small-school state meet after winning state titles in 2017 and 2018.

Individual winners in the Class 1A regional meet at Kenton County’s Fox Run golf course were St. Henry sophomore Dixon Ryan (17:32) in boys and Brossart eighth-grader Olivia Holbrook (19:36) in girls.

The top finishers in the Class 3A races at Fox Run were Conner junior Logan Warth (16:53) and Ryle eighth-grader Allie Kopser (20:01).

The 2020 state championship cross county meet will be Friday and Saturday at the Bourbon County High School course in Paris.  In each race, runners will start in three waves to accommodate social distancing and final times will dictate the overall list of finishers. 

Starting times for the Class 2A state meet on Friday are 4 p.m. for boys and 5 p.m. for girls.  On Saturday, the schedule will be Class 1A boys at 10:30 a.m., Class 1A girls at 11:30 a.m., Class 3A boys at 3:30 p.m. and Class 3A girls at 4:30 p.m.

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